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Emirates to redeploy A380 on New York route

Carrier to resume flights in H2 2010; had dropped A380 NY route in '09 on low demand.

Dubai government-owned Emirates airline, the largest customer for the Airbus A380 aircraft, said on Thursday it intended to restart superjumbo flights to New York in the second half of this year.

The carrier had pulled the world's largest passenger plane off the New York route in June after a drop in traffic, replacing it with a Boeing 777 aircraft as the impact of the global financial crisis swept across the Gulf Arab region, reducing passenger demand.

"It remains our intention to reinstate the A380 on the DXB-JFK-route in the second half of the year," an Emirates spokeswoman said.

The aircraft had been redeployed to Bangkok and Toronto.

Emirates, the Arab world's largest airline, has $55 billion of orders with plane manufacturers Airbus and Boeing.

The company received its eighth A380 on Monday and is the largest customer for the superjumbo, with 58 on order.

It currently flies the aircraft to Toronto, London Heathrow, Paris, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, and will start flights to Jeddah from Feb. 1. (Reuters)

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